Bishop's Barrel 5 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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4.29/5 rDev -1.8%
12oz bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter 8/18/2014.
A- The body pours a very silky smooth, dark brown body that is nearly black, very much like a stout. Up rises a thick, creamy, foamy mocha head that extends to two fingers evanescently; with just the right amount of retention- lingers long enough to get a man excited, but disappears quickly enough that you can start drinking without getting a milk mustache. [4.5]
S- Clean bourbon flavours with wet oak, vanilla notes and a lingering toffee sweetness from the base malt. Smells like tootsie rolls soaked in bourbon. Not particularly complicated, but very delicious. [4.25]
F- Toffee, tapioca sweetness up front that clears out almost immediately for a clean whiskey-forward smoky charcoal sweetness, finishing up with the barrel's oak and vanilla contribution; predominantly oaky of course. Transitions very nicely and very elegantly. [4.25]
M- Medium in body, well carbonated with a strong smoky bourbon finish. Definitely a sipper as the heat on this is quite strong. 
O- This is an excellent barrel-aged scotch ale. There aren't very many out there aside from Backwoods Bastard which is still the leader in the genre. To me, this beer strikes a nice balance between sweet maltiness and sweet smoky bourbon and vanilla- Backwoods Bastard tends to favour the latter but strikes a good balance; this is somewhere closer to the former but without sacrificing much of the latter. Again, this is a barrel-aged scotch ale worth getting. [4.25]
Final score: 4.2875
(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
08-18-2014 23:48:22 | More by Stevedore
4.19/5 rDev -4.1%
Dark ruby red body and a thin lightly tanned head forms from a bartender pour into a snifter.
Sweet fruitiness - cherry and dark fruits and booze with a little wood on the nose.
The taste is boozy and warm from the bourbon. Little bit of coconut from the barrel. Dark fruit and cherry. Caramel and sweetness from the big malty beer and bourbon.
Smooth medium bodied with soft carbonation.
The barrel and spirit seem to dominate this beer which works for me.
05-12-2014 21:20:46 | More by MattSweatshirt
Bishop's Barrel 5 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.